New Natalie Dancewear Dance Socks

Hello loves!

On Wednesday, I was on my way to rehearsal when my phone lit up with an Instagram notification! A few weeks ago, I entered a contest on Instagram with DiscountDance.com – the online retailer I purchase all of my dancewear and needs from. They were having a contest, and to enter you had to comment below their photo your favorite blog post from the Discount Dance blog, and why for a chance to win THREE pairs of the new Natalie Dancewear Dance socks!

Well, as I am walking down 8th street in the East Village NYC, my phone lit up with a “liked comment” notification, telling me Discount Dance liked my contest entry comment. At this point, I totally forgot I entered the contest two weeks prior, and thought it was nice of them to acknowledge my comment (I wrote a lot, and really liked the article from their blog). Five minutes later, I received another notification from Instagram from a tagged comment from Discount Dance, saying I was one of the lucky winners!!

Coincidentally, this summer I discovered Natalie Dancewear made turn socks, which I put on my birthday wishlist! I didn’t necessarily think those socks were going to be great because they had padding on the ball of the foot of the sock, but I thought they  would be interesting to try. I never ended up buying them or getting them as a gift, so when I saw Natalie made a new design for their dance socks without padding, I new I had to enter the contest! If I didn’t win, I told myself I’d buy a pair just to try whenever DiscountDance.com had a free shipping deal.

Related: See Birthday Wishlist – It’s My Jordan Year

Now, I have three pairs of these socks coming my way for free! I was so shocked I won, and I cannot wait to try them out! They remind me a lot of the Apolla Shocks socks, which are the biggest name in dance socks on the market right now, with each pair retailing about $30. I don’t own Apollas, but I know a lot of dancers and dance educators who do who love them.

The Natalie socks retail for about $11.00 a pair (but right now they are on sale on their website for $5.91), so I will definitely be writing a follow-up post about their wear, durability, and traction once I have a few weeks to test them out! Here is a link in case you want to check them out:

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This was one of the highlights of my week, so I just had to share it. I hope you all enjoy this snow day we’re having if you live on the Northern East coast, and if not, have a fabulous Friday anyway!

**This post is not in any way sponsored by DiscountDance.com. I entered the contest and was choosen by the decision of Discount Dance**

Xoxo

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Photoshoot with Jessica Warren Portraits

Hi everyone!

I had the privlege of working with another photographer this summer! Her name is Jessica Warren and she is based out of Philadelphia. She is new to the dance photography realm, but she needed models for practice photos and I was able to help her out! My shoot with her seemed to be more of a learning resource for her instead since she is very new to the dance photography niche.

These photos are a bit roughly edited, however, they are pretty nonetheless. The key to dance photography is great lighting, accurate timing, and the willingness for the dance and photographer to move about the room A LOT to get the right angle for the right shot. Some of these photos would have looked better at other angles, but the results were still beautiful.

I am wearing a charcoal gray set from Double Platinum Emballe line sold at DiscountDance.com, and a one-piece leotard dress from Capezio.com. I LOVE both of these dance outfits so much, and they photographed so nicely.

I love taking dance photos, and can’t wait for fall foliage to be able to shoot some photos outside surrounded by color! It is incredible to think I set my mind to making 2018 my year, and I’ve been falling into so many amazing opportunities!

What do you think of the photographs? How do you like them?

Happy Sunday!

xoxo

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Birthday Wishlist – It is my Jordan Year!

Hello readers!

My 23rd birthday is coming up on July 3 – and I cannot believe it is basically a month away! I feel like I just turned 22, and I have never been more excited to turn a specific age. For real – even 21 was kind of lame and not as exciting, and I am SO ready to leave 22 in the past.

People say 23 years of age is your “Jordan” year, also known as, the BEST year of your 20s. They say this because Michael Jordan’s basketball jersey number was 23, and he led a fantastic and successful career. Within this context, I am very much looking forward to my 23rd year. I went through a lot in the first half of 2018 (and the last half of being 22 years old), learned a lot of tough lessons, and made a lot of hard decisions. I will eventually write a lengthy post about what I went through and why it is so significant to me turning 23, but for now just know I have a feeling 23 is going to be an AMAZING year.

Nonetheless, if anyone was thinking of what to buy me for my birthday, here are a few items I definitely don’t need, but totally want if anyone was wondering what I have my eyes on.

Vanessa Long Maroon Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Vanessa Long Sweatshirt

For those of you who don’t know or didn’t get the chance to read my post My First NYC Dance Job Starts this Fall!! (2018), I am starting a training company position in NYC starting in October with the Vanessa Long Long2 Dance Company. This opportunity came to me immediately after a VERY significant event in my life back in April. This opportunity means so much to me that I would really love this sweatshirt to relish in the memory that is this opportunity. Also, it is adorable and I love the maroon.

Bad Habit Beauty Arabesque Palette (on Shop Hush App)

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Omg, this palette is adorable! It is not only dance themed (which you all know I love), the packaging and color scheme is AH-MAZING. This palette gives me serious Anastasia Beverley Hills Soft Glam vibes, which at $16, this seems like a great dupe! I’ve watched a lot of YouTube reviews of this palette, and a lot of YouTubers agree that this palette is an affordable dupe for the ABH one. Plus, it’s dance-themed. So in my book, it’s automatically better. LOL! This palette is only available to purchase through the Shop Hush Phone App, which is kind of weird since you can order other items through the Shop Hush website. I don’t need any more palettes or eyeshadows, and I’ve been really good about not buying any. However, if someone bought this for me, I would not be upset or opposed. 😉

Phenomenal Woman Campaign T Shirt

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Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt

Maya Angelou is such an inspiring poet and woman. She spoke eloquent truths regarding her experiences with racism, sexism, and life in general. I love her poems, especially “Still I Rise”, and “Phenomenal Woman”. Since I love the poem and come from a lineage of Phenomenal Women (Yes mom and grandma, I am talking about you!), I feel like this shirt is such a proud statement. Yes, I am phenomenal, and yes the women who came before me and who bore me are phenomenal, and I will be a phenomenal woman proudly. Funds from t-shirt purchases go towards the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation, Essie Justice Group, Girls Who Code, Higher Heights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood, and The United State of Women (which is super cool).

Natalie Dancewear Padded Turn Socks

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Natalie Padded Turn Socks

 Okay, so I usually am loyal to my cotton crew socks from Forever21 for dance socks, however, these have piqued my interest. I know there are a lot of dance companies that market “turning” socks, and I have never justified spending money on them when I can get my 3-pack of cotton socks from the F21 at the mall for $3.80. Nonetheless, I love Natalie leotards and tights, so I am sure if this product is anything like those, it is a higher quality product. They have padding where the pads of the feet are for turning, and I am not sure how comfortable they would feel. I’ve read reviews saying they are great, and others saying they are very slippery on Marley floors, and the pad uncomfortable. Either way, these are last on my list because like I mentioned they are completely unnecessary. But, since I love Natalie products I feel like they might be worth a shot. Plus, they come in cherry red which is a hot color!

Those are the products I have been eyeballing lately. Of course, they are unnecessary, which is why I haven’t bought them myself already. But they are fun, and I would use each of them!

I can’t wait to turn 23, and I hope my last month of being 22 is amazing!

Until next time, xoxo

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Essential Dance Teacher Supplies and Resources

Hello WordPress! Sorry for my hiatus – there is a lot going on and I have not had time to make a post in a while!

Anyway, today I want to show you of the equipment I use that is SUPER helpful as a dance teacher. Since being a dance teacher is my primary source of income, it is important for me to stay organized and keep choreography and lesson plans documented.

Camera – Coolpix L840 (my personal camera!)

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A reliable camera not only lets you document choreography, combinations, and class exercises, but it is also essential to create a dance reel or a teaching reel to book teaching gigs. This camera has the look of a DSLR with the ease of a point-and-shoot. It operates off of 4 Double-A batteries, and shoots in 1080p with 16megapixel imaging and video stabilization. I received this as a Christmas present 2 Christmas’ ago and it is one of the most useful and best gifts I’ve ever received!

Journal

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A journal is essential as a dance teacher. For me, a journal helps me document ideas and lesson plans when I do not have my camera handy. It also helps me write down corrections when watching my students dance my choreography, and helps me organize formation changes, and even to-do lists for dance classes and performances. This cute journal I found on Amazon and you can personalize it with your name, and buy it in either college-ruled or checklist paper. If you want to order one you can click on the image! I love the personalized touch of adding your name, too.

Stickers

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If you don’t have stickers and you teach young students (primarily young girls), you NEED them. My students lose their minds over princess or fairy stickers (in a good way!). It is essential to have them to reward young students, to help young tap students know which foot to use by putting a stick on top of one of their tap shoes, or to mark certain places on the floor to remind young students where to stand in their dance.

SpotifyColor-Spotify-LogoDuring senior year of college, I contemplated buying Spotify for the classes I taught, but the first year after college I HAD to subscribe. It is so much cheaper than paying for individual tracks of music on iTunes or Google Play. I’m an avid Android user anyway, so for me Spotify was a great choice. For $10.65 a month, Spotify gives you non-stop streaming of all of your favorite music, and I’ve also found amazing covers of songs to use for choreography through Spotify’s recommendation lists. It’s perfect making playlists for all of the classes you teach.

Dance Teacher Account on DiscountDance.com

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If you don’t know what this is, then you should! DiscountDance.com is an online dance retailer carrying a lot of popular and trusted brand-name dancewear and supplies. (See Discount Dance Fall Order). If you are a dance educator, you can enroll in their dance teacher program for special teacher pricing, a special teacher discount code to give to your students to use when they order (so you get credit for their order), and access to certain performance wear and teacher-only items! It is a great resource to have access to, and for discounted items and supplies you may need for class (shoes, tights, knee pads, Therabands, etc.). Plus, it is free to sign up! ❤

These are some of my favorite items to have on me at all times as a dance teacher! Let me know your favorite supplies and resources you use that helps you be the best dance teacher you can be!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Xoxo

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Discount Dance Fall Order

Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to share with you my recent purchase from DiscountDance.com! Discount Dance is an online store that has literally everything and anything you need as a dancer. Leotards, tights, Therabands, accessories, costumes, rosin – you name it and they probably have it! I’ve written about Discount Dance before on my blog (see Dance Christmas Wishlist), so if you are a dancer and you haven’t visited their online store, I suggest you do so! They have great prices for quality dancewear.

This past week, they had a super awesome promotional code for free shipping and 15% off of your order, so I ordered some new tights and a new leotard! As I’ve raved before, I LOVE Natalie Dancewear. For real if I could be an affiliate for Natalie I would! Their leotards are EXTREMELY well made, long lasting, and super comfortable. Not to mention, they are great for dancers who have boobs. Their leotards compliment, support, and shape bigger breasts as opposed to making them look squished or not being supportive enough.

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I actually own this leotard in a different two-toned color scheme (it is two different purple colors), and I love it so much that I bought it in Navy and Light Pink. This picture doesn’t do it justice – the colors POP and look so nice together! I bought my first one of this style leotard at the beginning of sophomore year of college, and it still works as well and looks brand new today which is over two years later!

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Next, I wanted to try the new Theatricals tights. First of all, I’ve LOVED Theatricals tights since I discovered them freshman year of college. They had this INCREDIBLE elastic waistband that did not dig into your sides and were super flattering to wear. Unfortunately, Theatricals is no longer making them that way, and instead have released a new version of their convertible tights that I wanted to try. They rid of the elastic waistband, and replaced it with a knit waistband similar to Body Wrappers tights.

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Unfortunately, I tried these tights with the new waistband on and I do NOT like them. They are super soft like the old style, but the waist band digs into my sides and is not flattering to wear over or under my leotard. I bought a pink and a black pair thinking I’d like them, and unfortunately I do not see myself wearing them often.

If you are looking for a new leotard to purchase, I highly suggest Natalie dancewear. They are incredible and super cute/stylish for class and rehearsal. As for the Theatricals new tights, I’d say pass if you loved the old style like I did!

xoxo

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